Saturday, 23 May 2009

Progress Saturday 23rd May 2009

Evening all,
A beautiful bright and sunny day saw many visitors exchanging their notes for rides to Idridgehay and Ravenstor for the first day of a three-day event weekend in conjunction with the Wirksworth Carnival. After a slow start this morning, it was pleasing to see so many people in the afternoon, with many of them passing excellent comments about how tidy and clean the place was, as well as how beautiful the views are along the line. Many of them only pausing for a moment to enjoy a nice cup of tea and one of our new tortilla wraps. These seem to be selling very well! The narrow gauge operated in the car park for people to enjoy too.
Today's "Day with the Driver" was given the full treatment, including rides on both lines as well as a tour of the yard and a cab ride in LJ Breeze. He was even given an extra rare treat in that two of our DMU vehicles were coupled together to form a set, so he was able to see how to connect together vacuum and control air pipes along with electrical jumper cables. With all this excitement, him and his guest were given the full works in the buffet car.
In other goings on, work continued on 03084 which is now looking beautiful in a nice shade of green with full wasp stripes.
Many thanks to all involved,
Mike Evans via Leigh

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